THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE STEFANO OFF THE NORTH WEST CAPE OF AUSTRALIA IN 1875

Rathe, Gustave

Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1992
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Inscribed and signed by author on page facing title-page: "27 August 1996 To - Erskine Sproul with appreciation for all the valuable family material and with my best wishes Gus Rathe". Also signed by author under his name on the title-page. Inscription on endpaper indicating a photo of the auther with the owner's family, photo removed, with two strips of scotch tape remaining. Book has a slight cant to the right. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 136 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A grandson recounts the story of his grandfather's experiences as a shipwrecked sailor on a barren cape of Australia, where he and another survivor almost starved to death before being rescued by aborigines.

From School Library Journal: Grade 8-12-- A ``Robinson Crusoe'' tale with a difference (the ``Fridays'' are the rescuers here), written by a grandson of one of the two survivors of an 1875 shipwreck. The Stefano set sail from the Dalmatian coast for Australia. She struck a rock, was battered to pieces by wind and wave, and sank. Several drowned, but some of the crew made their way to shore, where their true ordeal began. One by one they perished, leaving two--Miho Baccich, 16, and Ivan Jurich, who nearly succumbed to cannibalism, to survive. Luckily, a tribe of aborigines found them, cared for them, and took them on a trek that would ultimately return the castaways to civilization. The main tale is an account by young Miho, taken from a record dictated to a Jesuit scholar by the two men a year after their return to Dubrovnik. The style of writing is somewhat stilted, but has the flavor of a narrative written down by a listener who ``improved'' on the quality of the speakers' grammar and composition. This same flavor dilutes any sense of drama or urgency in the narration, but does make the book seem old-fashioned, lending credence to its primarily first-person approach. Sadly missing is a map showing the exact location of the North West Cape, and a sense of the distances covered by the crew. Other illustrations include contemporary photographs and drawings, and some color photos taken by the author on his research travels. While rather dry and unemotional, the book does give a glimpse into a far-off time and place, with a cast of unfamiliar but real characters, and a way of life quite alien to most readers. --Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Title: THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE STEFANO OFF THE ...
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First American Edition.

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